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First Lady Michelle Obama visits Africa

When you connect with other young people...when you share your thoughts and ideas and take the time to listen to theirs...you begin to realize just how much you have in common. You see that whether you live in New York, New Delhi, or Nairobi...so often, we share the same values, the same goals, and the same dreams." --First Lady Michelle Obama.

China, a new colonial force in Africa?

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently warned African leaders of a a "new colonialism." Even though she did not mention China but everyone assumed it was the case. I posted a related article Clinton warns against "new colonialism" in Africa on my Facebook page and to my surprise, the post generated a high number of comments. As a friend commented, Mrs. Clinton has a point here. Nevertheless, Clinton is in Africa on a U.S. trade drive (AFP). 

Like China, the U.S. aspires to invest and to expand trade in Africa. I came across an article that claims that China is doing a good job in Africa (China Daily). The author explained that "China waived most debts African nations owed to China. China invited every African nation to a summit in Beijing to discuss how China and Africa could cooperate and develop together." I also visited teh African Union's  (AU) website and under the "partnership" section, one can read that the  AU has developed…